20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau

| March 28, 2018 | 1 Comment

20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau

Spring is about to bloom in the nation’s capital! Families can take in the warmer weather and enjoy more of what this city has to offer! Ottawa is a great city that offers many events and activities for families to take part in during this time of year. Below are 20 spring family fun events and activities in and around Ottawa to enjoy this year.


20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau

20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau


Specific Dated Events


1. Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm Sugarbush Saturdays and Sundays until April 8, 2018  

Plan a sweet outing for your family at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm! Sleigh rides, the sugar shack, taffy in snow treats and the Pancake House are ready for families to experience!

2. Sugar Festival 2018  Museoparc Vanier April 3-8, 2018 

This festival brings together a variety of fun activities for families to take in and enjoy.  There are maple tastings, musical acts, performers and more.

3. Sparks Street Poutine Festival April 26-29, 2018   11 am – 7 pm  

Fries, cheese, gravy are just the beginnings of what food trucks will have on hand for visitors at PoutineFest! Live music, street performers and patios to watch.

4. Camp Fortune Aerial Park  May 5 – June 22 2017 

Want to take your family for an exhilarating adventure through the trees just 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa? Visit Camp Fortune’s Zipline and Aerial Park for the ride of your life!

5. Ottawa Children’s Festival May 11-15, 2018  

The world of the arts is on display at the Ottawa Children’s Festival! Performers from around the world come to Ottawa to deliver world-class theatre, music and dance to children and their families.

6. Canadian Tulip Festival May 11-21, 2018  

Horticultural lovers will enjoy taking in tulips and other flowers  atthe 2018 Canadian Tulip Festival! Over one million tulips will be on display at this world-famous festival to stroll through and enjoy.

7. The HAPPENING ArtsPark Wellington West  May 26-June 2, 2018

Businesses along Wellington West are showing the art behind their business by outing together the HAPPENING ArtsPark! It is to be an exciting day for families to take in the art, artisans, and activities  around them in this thriving neighbourhood.

8. Doors Open Ottawa June 2 and 3, 2018  

Business owners from Carp to Cumberland open their doors and invite the public through their doors.  Visitors get to view the architectural and historical significant buildings for free!

9. Westfest  June 8-10, 2018

Take the family for a visit this festival of music, art and life at the biggest free street party in Canada! Concerts and a Kidszone will be available for visitors to enjoy.

10. Italian Week  Preston Street June 7-17, 2018 

Delve into the rich diversity of the Italian-Canadian community by taking part in the events and activities of Italian Week! This celebration has been a fixture in the city for over forty years, and is one of its largest festivals.  Music, food and fun are all part of this annual festival for the community to enjoy.

11. Ottawa Fringe Festival June 14-24, 2018  

Take in the arts with your family at the Ottawa Fringe Festival! Various theatre companies will perform for audiences throughout various locations around the city.

12. Festival franco-ontarien Major’s Hill Park – June 15-17, 2018 

Plan to visit the biggest French celebration in Canada’s capital region at the Festival franco-ontarien. Concerts, street art and entertainment are awaiting visitors taking in Franco-Ontarian culture.


Outdoor Adventures Throughout the Spring


20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau

Family sitting in front of flowers.


13. Gatineau Park  

Trails for various sports. Camping and boating. Learning about how to use a map. Searching for creatures in nature. These are a few of the activities Gatineau Park has for everyone in the family to enjoy!

14. NOKIA Sunday Biking  

Dust off those helmets and get the family out on the bike trails with NOKIA Sunday Biking! There are over 50 kilometres of some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s scenic roadways to explore on Sunday mornings. These road closures take place from 9 am – 1 pm from late May to early September every year.


Museum Amusement Throughout the Season


20 Spring Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Gatineau

Boys looking at fossils.


If rainy days make getting outdoors impossible, a visit to one of the museums is a great place to go! They have special exhibits, films and activities that will entertain your family.

15. Canadian Museum of History  

Art, mysteries and animation wait for visitors to learn about and explore this spring at the Canadian Museum of History. The Museum has special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, and the CINÉ+ to visit.

16. Canadian Museum of Nature  

This spring is a buzz at the Canadian Museum of Nature. The Butterfly exhibit will at the museum until April 3, 2018. Canadian wildlife photography will be on display. Natural artefacts will also be on display at the museum.

17. Canadian Museum of Science and Technology  

The Canadian Science and Technology has something for families to enjoy. Museum favourites such as the locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen are available to interact with. Visitors can even continue to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with Innovation 150. It is a crowdsourced interactive digital storybook of everything that has shaped our nation from its start.

18. Tea on the Lawn and & Boxed Lunches at the Billings Estate National Historic Site May 17 – September 3, 2018 

Looking for some peaceful bonding time with your family? The Billings Estate National Historic Site is hosting Tea on the Lawn and Boxed Lunches no matter the weather! For those not too fond of the outdoors for a sip of tea, groups are also able to enjoy indoor tea service by reservation. *Note – It is recommended to reserve for these events as space is limited.

19. Children and Family Events at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum  May 14 to October 29, 2018 

Families will have fun learning at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum! Animals from the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario will be on display. Radio Flyer wagons, go-carts, life-sized board games, and wagon rides will be available to enjoy. Sawmill and blacksmith demonstrations will be available for families to see. Train lovers will love experiencing the Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Engineers’ miniature railway. Visitors will discover how the railway operates and the history behind it.

*Note: This part of the museum is available beginning on May 8, 2017. It will take place on alternating Sundays between 11 am and 3 pm, weather permitting.

20. Easter is a hop, skip and a jump away! There are plenty of Easter activities your family can enjoy anywhere to get ready for the Easter Bunny’s visit!

Hopefully, these 20 Spring Family Fun Activities in Ottawa can help you to plan some great adventures this season!

What would you like to do with your family this season?


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  1. Debbie White Beattie says:

    Ottawa really has some great things to do for kids and adults

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